Manual Lymphatic Drainage MLD with Sharon Hale Grafton
The lymphatic system is the frontline in our bodies’ ability to fight disease and infection by localising foreign bodies. It is also involved in detoxifying our body (like our own inbuilt waste disposal unit) transporting toxins, bacteria, excess fluid and metabolic waste out of our bodies as well as producing other immuno-competent cells (primarily T and B cells) which are involved in fighting infection. T cells and B cells belong to a group of white blood cells known as lymphocytes and play a central role in our immunity.
Daily stress, fatigue, emotional shock, chemical overloading, infection, pollution, food preservatives and many other things can greatly impair the functioning of healthy tissues and healthy lymphatic pathways.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a very specific massage technique (primarily through the timing, direction and pressure of the application) assisting our body to refresh and rejuvenate its fluid (known in some circles as ‘the river of life’) enabling it to establish resistance to all types of stress that our systems are placed under by stimulating the immune system.
MLD stimulates fluid circulation and elimination, assisting our clients with detoxification. It encourages the lymphatic system to absorb and transport lymph more effectively
MLD stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system via the relaxation effect, reducing pain by sedating the sensory nerve endings.
Some of the Effects of MLD
• Nervous System: Reduces pain by sedating sensory nerve fibres. Reflex relaxation action via the autonomic nervous system
• Immune System: Elimination of toxins from small lymph vessels to nodes.
• Fluid Elimination: Edema reduction leads to greater fluid elimination from interstitial tissues
• Muscle Tone: Indirect relaxation and pain reduction effect on skeletal muscle. Also has a tonifying effect on smooth muscles eg colon
• Dermatology (eczema, acne vulgaris, seborrhoea, psoriasis)
• Aesthetically (wrinkles)
• Gastro Enterology (constipation and digestive disorders)
• Neurology (migraines, strokes)
• Rheumatology (musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders)
• Edema during pregnancy
• Post surgical conditions
• Bronchitis (asthma and allergies effecting breathing)